by Pastor Larry Stockstill
Throughout history God has called His people to follow Him. That divine mandate to leave all and follow Him is the very crux of the Gospels. God does not need decision-makers-He needs hearers. He is looking for those who will hear His voice and respond, following Him even to the uttermost parts of the earth.
Moses did not make his own decisions concerning the building of the tabernacle but "proceeded to do everything as the Lord had commanded him" (Exodus 40:16). In all the travels of the Israelites, they followed the cloud as instructed, never moving unless the cloud moved (v. 36-37). It was not their place to determine when to move or where to go. They were totally dependent on God's guidance.
After He was baptized in the Jordan, "immediately the Holy Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness" (Mark 1:12). Without questioning or hesitating, Jesus followed the Spirit and went into a most unlikely place. In the same way, many times your mind cannot comprehend the directions of God, but you can be led of Him by your spirit, for you are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Paul said, "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God" (Romans 8:14). The cloud of God is no longer above you, but within you! Wait for the "cloud of peace" before moving in any direction. Don't make a hasty decision, but simply purpose from this day forward to follow the Lamb wherever He goes (Revelation 14:4).